CBD Oils and Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

Hi this is Dr Tod Cooperman

I'm the president and founder of ConsumerLabcom and I'm here to talk today about CBD supplements and CBD oil Now CBD is a compound found in hemp and marijuana, which is also hemp, it is a cannabinoid There are other cannabinoids in hemp such as THC which is psychoactive CBD is not believed to be psychoactive but has other potential uses other than affecting your behavior or mood

CBD products are now widely available online, however, technically, they are illegal — dietary supplements really do not include CBD The FDA has said that because CBD is being developed as a drug and it actually may be approved in 2018, later in the year as a drug: as a result of that it really is not a supplement Nevertheless it is being sold, it can be purchased, and what ConsumerLab did, because we've had lots of requests from from our readers — in terms of what's really in CBD, which ones are most cost effective, what's the quality of these products — we went out and purchased a number of popular CBD products and tested them for the amounts of CBD and THC, as well as for potential contamination with heavy metals We've published a report — it's on consumerlabcom now and you can access that if you are a member –it's $42 a year, we have reports on every type of major supplement on the market at this point

We've been doing this since 1999 In terms of CBD, what we found is, first of all, the products can contain fairly little in terms of CBD — as little as 2 milligrams per dose or serving up to about 22 milligrams, so a big difference — about a tenfold difference However, it's important to keep in mind that that's a lot less than what's being used in clinical trials with CBD where they're using hundreds of milligrams per day, often 500 or more milligrams per day, and that's being shown to be effective particularly in terms of reducing the number of seizures in people with certain forms of epilepsy that are difficult to control with conventional drugs for epilepsy There isn't really a lot of evidence, there's really virtually no evidence in terms of the effectiveness of very low dose CBD as you would find in these supplements, nevertheless people are using it Many people are reporting benefits — again that's just based on their own experience, and they're using it for pain relief, they're using it for anti-anxiety use, and a variety of other uses

Again those are really not supported clinically, however, we have reported on what's in these products and how they compare and I'll talk to you a little bit right now about really what to look for at least on a label and again you can look at our report to really get the details, but what's interesting is that because of the legal situation with CBD a number of companies are not putting CBD on the label — they're calling it a hemp extract, and I'll show you some examples A popular product right now is CW and we tested both the product for people as well as for pets and what you'll see, and I'll try to hold this up, is that you won't even see CBD mentioned on the label for the CW products, it just says hemp extract (and I'm not holding this up well) 28 milligrams and that's per a 1 ml serving Hemp extract, you know basically, is kind of a code word for CBD If you just see hemp oil, that may be kind of the carrier or base that they're using, but the hemp oil itself does not have CBD Hemp oil is made from seeds; the seeds of the hemp plant have virtually no CBD in them

So if you hear hemp oil — we we have tested at ConsumerLab hemp oil products as well, like this one and some others, don't expect CBD from a product that's just a hemp oil product, that's not what they're meant for, they really contain various omega 3 and 6 fatty acids We have a whole report on hemp oil supplements as well as other seed oil supplements on ConsumerLab com, such as flaxseed, borage oil, etc, but don't expect CBD from hemp oil Now some products some companies are really putting it out there that they do contain CBD, an example would be Plus CBD oil, and you can see they state clearly at least on this label 10 milligrams of cannabidiol per capsule, and then you'll see other variations

This is Bluebird and I believe they make no claim in terms of the actual CBD in there However, all these products based on our testing do contain appreciable amounts of CBD So, there's a variety of products Again, if you really want CBD, if it's a product that just says hemp "oil," don't expect CBD, if it says hemp "extract," you can expect some Some products are actually just saying can phyto-cannabinoids which is kind of a way of — I'm trying to find a product that says phyto-cannabinoids — here's one right here, this is a nano-enhanced hemp oil, and it's talking about phyto cannabinoid diols that are in the product

Some of that is likely to be CBD, but not all of it, and then you'll see other products that claim to contain a combination of CBD and CBDa CBDa is another type of cannabinoid, but again you're not going to know how much of it is CBD unless you test it, as we've done at ConsumerLab In terms of price, we found that you could get a dose of 10 milligrams of CBD for as little as 80 cents from some of these products or as much as 3 or 4 dollars for 10 milligrams So if you're going to use CBD, you may as well spend as little as you can to get to get good quality CBD Again, you'll find that information in our report on CBD at ConsumerLab

com if you have any questions, you can post a comment or question where this video appears, or you can email us at info@ConsumerLab com So, once again, this is Dr Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab com

Thanks for your time

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